Japanese Hachimaki Scarf

  • Historical Clothing
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The iconic symbol of World War II and The Pacific Theater, The Hachimaki or "Helmet Scarf", was a cloth Bandana. Worn by the vaunted "Kamakazi" (or "Divine Wind" Warriors), it was a symbol of ultimate sacrifice for their Country and Emperor. This sacrifice was...death in combat! The origins of the Hachimaki are often split into two possible developments (no one is quite sure). Dating to the 14th Century, it us thought they were worn wrapped around the forehead of the Warrior, who would profusely sweat inside his heavy Helmet. It would absorb the sweat from his eyes in combat. The later theory was associated with both Religion and simple "fashion" among Samurai. It is common that The Hachimaki bears a word (Kangi) or phrase of perseverance (to inspire and cause inspiration). The National Symbol - "The Rising Sun" (from The Flag), was almost always present). Hachimaki were also devised for ground Troops, who often incorporated The Imperial War Flag version. The "Bonzai" Infantry Charge was most often reserved for use of The Hachimaki.